War Memorial to Honour Lost Youghal Men Unveiled

Representatives of the different military branches who attended the Remembrance Ceremony.

On Sunday, 2 December, St. Mary’s Collegiate Church had a full congregation for the Memorial and Remembrance Service dedicated to all the Youghal area men who lost their lives in World War 1 and World War 2. The dignified ceremony was presided over by Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross, the Rev. Dr. Paul Colton, aided by the Rector of St. Mary’s, Andrew Orr.  Present were representatives of the various Armed and Naval Services including the O.N.E, Munster Fusiliers, The Western Front Association, Connacht Rangers and RNLI.  Family and relatives of the 200 souls honoured on the day were awed by the Ecumenical Service which had speakers from all walks of life, faith and language offer prayers for the eternal, peaceful rest of the town’s men and boys lost in conflict. The names have been transcribed on plaques which have been placed in the refurbished side Chapel, now a dedicated Chapel of Remembrance in their honour.

Candles, one for each year of WW1 (1914-1918) and WW2 (1939-1945), 12 in total, were carried in during the opening procession. Around 40,000 Irish men serving in the British Forces during those 12 years were killed. Rev. Dr. Paul Colton spoke in his opening address of the importance of remembering the sacrifice they made. The 200 names read on the day were compiled by local men. Billy Healy and Norman McDonald, over many years of researching through archives, records and family histories. More names will be added to the current plaques as that research continues.

Though headstones may fade, the names on them, their bravery and the ultimate sacrifice of giving “their today for our tomorrow” must never be forgotten. We remember also, the grief-stricken families that made up the towns and villages of our county and the fortitude of mothers, wives and loved ones left behind.

They are gone, they are gone

Yet their memory shall cherish

Our brave boys who perished

And crossed over the bar.

O’er their grave now the wild hawk

Doth mournfully hover

In that lone weary jungle

Of Wild Seddul-Bahr.


May they rest, may they rest
Unhallowed in story
Tho’ their graves they are cold
Neath that lone Turkish star.
Yet their presence is missed
From the ranks of the Munsters
Our heroes who slumber
In wild Seddul-Bahr.

Excerpt from “The Royal Munster Fusiliers” by Cornelius O’Mahoney. Irish Solider